Purpose

Principles of regenerative agriculture are rooted in ecological health and biological healing. Our task is to now farm on years and years of soil degradation, erosion, water loss, toxicity, and not to be forgotten- abuse of farm workers and fossil fuels. Regenerative agriculture (though there is no one definition) is rooted in shifting the current paradigm to a thriving, climate-adapted, biodiverse agro-ecological system that empowers our communities to be the stewards of our land.

Agroforestry: Nuts Grown in the Northeast

Food sources that are climate resilient, build robust habitat, and provide a nutrient dense food source for our communities- sounds great right? WMRFS is organizing to align:

  • Robust tree & plant genetics
  • Collaborative knowledge & growing practices
  • Infrastructure for processing and distributing
  • A ready market & equal access
  • Informed eaters & delicious recipes!

Western MA growers: Big River Chestnuts, Yellowbud Farm, Nutwood Farm

Waste as food: Cyclical production

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There are items to cultivate throughout the whole food system! Every step of the way, outputs, or waste, are created; it is the job of regenerative agriculture to make the most of these waste products.

It is to be noted: these practices are in no way “new”, but are thousands of years old and still practiced by many throughout the world. It is our responsibility to adopt them with respect, humility and a sense of deep inquiry to limit not only unforeseen externalities but also end abuse and capital gain of traditional knowledge, culture, and resource flow.

For more exploring this philosophy, local Leda M Cooks discusses Bodies, spaces and places for food waste and waste

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